Oct. 01, 2006
Returning Series
60 min.
Showtime TV Network

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Dexter is a forensic blood spatter expert for the Miami Metro Police Department. Based on a code given to him by his foster father, Harry, he survives ethically as a serial killer. He utilizes his expertise, often withholding evidence from the police so he can solve murders and kill the killers either before they kill again, or before they are caught by the police.

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Daniel Goldman (Cody) - Season 1
Preston Bailey (Cody) - Season 2-4

Cody and Astor Bennett are the children of Paul and Rita Bennett.

Cody does not remember the abuse his mother suffered at the hands of his father and so, when Paul returns home from prison, he is overjoyed. Astor, who remembers her father's abuse all too well (and is in fact the one who called the police on Paul), is saddened but comes to love her father, who appears to have changed; she did, however, force Paul to promise that he would not hit Rita again. They have a good relationship with both Paul and Dexter, oblivious to the tension between the two men. At the end of the first season, Paul is back in prison (courtesy of Dexter) and Rita tells him that he can either explain to them all the bad things he had done or never see them again.

During season two, Astor and Cody try to maintain their relationship with Dexter even though he broke up with their mother; Cody hides toys in his bag, forcing him to come to their home to return it, and asks Dexter to attend an oral report he makes in class. Dexter's love for Cody and Astor helps convince Rita to rekindle their relationship.

As Season 3 begins, Dexter's relationship with the children has developed to such an extent that Cody asks him to be a speaker at his school for Parent's Day (while Dexter's presentation of himself as a blood-spatter specialist doesn't go over too well with the other kids, Cody tells him that it would have been worse if Dexter hadn't been there). They also bring out a protective streak in Dexter, in that Dexter kills a pedophile who was targeting Astor. He also considers them his family; in the aforementioned episode, he refers to them as his "cubs", and later says that nobody hurts "his children". Cody is the ring-bearer at Dexter and Rita's wedding, and Astor is the maid of honor.

In season 4 Cody still has his same personality, however his older sister Astor starts acting out: being rude to both Dexter and her mother, being in a constant angry mood, completely selfish and flirting with older, clearly delinquent, boys. She and Dexter come to a peace after he promises to stop treating her like a child; and admits that sometimes he is simply "dumb". Her attitude improves following this, though not by much, as when he tries to become more involved with Astor's life, she will often become hostile for no apparent reason, sometimes even asking "why do you hate me?" when he tried to suggest some after school activity.

The TV show's characterization of Astor and Cody is different from the book series, in which both children are budding sociopaths to whom Dexter provides the same "guidance" that Harry gave him.

Astor and Cody's Dad, Paul was killed in jail in season 2. At the end of season 4 their mom, Rita was killed in the bath tub by the Trinity killer leaving the two siblings orphaned.

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